TWO men bashed a drug dealer and ran him over because he had added his own mucus to amphetamine deals, making his customers ill, an Adelaide court has heard.
Roy Morris James Bateman, 29, and Richard Robert Charles Wilde, 30, were today sentenced in the Supreme Court for the attack.
In sentencing, Justice Michael David said Bateman had planned the attack after learning the victim had "tampered" with the methamphetamine he was selling by "placing mucus from his nose" in the drug.
Justice David said the dealer had been heard saying "people who inject these drugs deserve to get sick".
The pair concocted the plan to bash the dealer to "tell him to stop doing what he was doing with the drug".
They arranged to meet the dealer in September last year at Torrensville, when they began hitting him with a baseball bat.
Justice David said Bateman, who was driving, had a more serious role to play because he hit the victim "sending him over the top of the bonnet of the car and into the road".
Bateman then ran over the victim.
Justice David said that had not been deliberate, "but done in a reckless manner".
He said Wilde had left the scene not long after the attack, while Bateman torched the car.
Bateman was sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison with a non-parole period of five years and 10 months.
Wilde was ordered to serve four years and nine months in jail with a non-parole period of two years and 11 months.
BY JORDANNA SCHRIEVER
November 24, 2009
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